Materialities and emotions in times of disasters

Du mercredi 15 mai 2019 09h00
Au jeudi 16 mai 2019 17h00
Salle des conférences - 56 rue Jacob 75006 Paris
Organisé parCentre de recherches internationales de Sciences Po

Materialities and emotions in times of disasters. An anthropological perspective.

Events such as “natural” and technological disasters, development projects implying displacement and destruction of territories, environmental crisis and territorial upheavals in general constitute disruptions that induce a series of processes affecting, some temporarily other permanently, people and social worlds in a vast array of aspects.

This international workshop proposes to examine, from an anthropological point of view and through ethnographic data, two sets of interconnected dimensions: the material and the immaterial.


  • DAY 1 | May 15th 2019 | 9h00 – 19h00
    New Materialities

Sciences Po – 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris – Salle des conférences

9h30 – 10h00 : Introduction
Sandrine Revet, Sciences Po-CERI & Katiana Le Mentec, Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (CECMC)

10h00 – 13h00
Giovanna Salome, Douleurs Sans Frontières Haiti/ Université de Strasbourg – Faculté de Sciences Sociales) – Contesting the ephemeral: t-shelter uses and the production of future in Haiti
Maëlle Calandra, CREDO, France – 
Studying historicities and materialities of a disaster : the Cyclone Pam case
Giovanni Gugg, Faculty of Engineering, University of Naples – Federico II, Italy –  
Survive the Vesuvius: live with the volcanic risk

Mara Benadusi, University of Catania & Laurent Gayer, Sciences Po-CERI

14h00 – 16h15
Katiana Le Mentec, CECMC / CNRS, France – 
People’s Contrasting Interactions with Ruins after the destruction of their familiar space. A Selection of Ethnographical Cases in China
Sébastien Penmellen Boret, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, Japan – The Temporality of Disaster Landscapes: Des Lieux de Mémoire for the Dead of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

Mara Benadusi, University of Catania & Laurent Gayer, Sciences Po-CERI

16h30 – 18h00
Film screening. Research movies
Fogo na Boca (38′) by Floriane Chouraqui, LISST-Dynamiques Rurales, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Souls of Zen – Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan (93′) by Tim Graf & Jakob Montrasio

18h00 – 18h30: Discussion with Floriane Chouraqui.

  • DAY 2 | May 16th 2019 | 9h00 – 17h00
    Affects and Emotions

EHESS (CEMC) – Maison de l’Asie – Grand salon (1er étage) – 22 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris 

More information and registration here

©Sandrine Revet